Our 2021 Strengthening Democracy Awards honorees include educators, advocates, students, and everyday Nebraskans who demonstrate exceptional civic leadership and who embody Civic Nebraska’s vision of a collaborative, innovative society.
Defender of Democracy
Ja Keen Fox
Outstanding Youth Engagement
Outstanding Civic Health Partner
Outstanding Community Partner
The Bay (Rabble Mill)
Outstanding Student Leaders
Christopher Gonzales, Campbell Elementary School
Neira Brandt, Randolph Elementary School
Armone Dean, Lincoln Northeast High School
Anna Castro, Lincoln High School
Eric Liu is the co-founder and CEO of Citizen University, which builds a culture of powerful and responsible citizenship in the United States. He also directs the Aspen Institute’s Citizenship & American Identity Program. Eric is the author of several acclaimed books, including The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker; The Gardens of Democracy (co-authored with Nick Hanauer); You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen; and Become America: Civic Sermons on Love, Responsibility, and Democracy, a New York Times New & Notable Book. He has been selected as an Ashoka Fellow and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is featured on the PBS documentary American Creed and is a frequent contributor to TheAtlantic.com. Liu served as a White House speechwriter for President Bill Clinton and later as the president’s deputy domestic policy adviser. He was later appointed by President Barack Obama to the board of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Eric and his family live in Seattle.
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Civic Nebraska News
The 52,541 ballots cast in the citywide election is a 35 percent jump in ballots from the previous high in a non-mayoral election. It also marks the second-highest total for any city election, behind 2019’s mayoral and council vote.
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